Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has said that his midfielder Charles N’Zogbia must work much harder in order to be successful.
N’Zogbia arrived at Aston Villa in a £ 10 million deal in the summer, and was signed as a replacement for wingers Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, who left to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. N’Zogbia was one of the most promising wingers in the previous season for Wigan Athletic, and was responsible for helping Wigan stay in the Premier League.
As a result of it, a lot was expected of him from Aston Villa. However, N’Zogbia has been disappointing of late. Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has said that one of the reasons for Charles N’Zogbia struggling at Aston Villa is due to the lack of high work rate.
Alex McLeish, being a defensive minded manager, has said that Charles N’Zogbia should first develop his work rate in order to become successful at Aston Villa. The French winger made his first great performance in the match against Newcastle United during the weekend. Even though Aston Villa lost the match 2-1, Charles N’Zogbia provided the crucial assist for Robbie Keane to score.
“But it amounts to the same thing in that you just can’t tell people you are frustrated, you have to do something about it by consistently playing well. If Charles is not enjoying his football, then he needs to do something about it on the pitch – and that applies to everyone and not just Charles N’Zogbia,” Alex McLeish said after the match in response to the tweet from the player, who reportedly said that he was not enjoying his football.
After the defeat, which went against the Premier League betting in-play odds, a public backlash has come out against Alex McLeish, who has not managed to fulfil the expectations.